Marquette University Law School grad Rachel Lindsay will be the next 'Bachelorette'

  • Marquette University Law School grad Rachel Lindsay will be the next 'Bachelorette'

Marquette University Law School grad Rachel Lindsay will be the next 'Bachelorette'

When all is revealed, Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay is named the new Bachelorette and the reality show's first black lead in 33 seasons.

Lindsay, who appeared on Kimmel with Bachelor/Bachelorette host Chris Harrison, will be the the first black lead on either dating show when she takes center stage on Season 13 of The Bachelorette, handing out roses and choosing and dismissing suitors.

Ahead of Monday night's regular two-hour program, the Disney-owned network (dis) slipped out a spoiler and confirmed through Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel. Tabloid and blog buzz surrounded Quinn, who is half-Filipina, on those grounds, but it also built anticipation that she would be announced as the next Bachelorette-and the first non-white Bachelorette.

Lindsay received the coveted "first impression rose" in the season premiere.

In the franchise's 15-year history - that's 21 seasons of The Bachelor and 12 of The Bachelorette - there has been only one non-white lead, Juan Pablo Galavis. This comes after a controversial episode on Monday where Corinne attempted to sleep with Nick after one of the women was sent home. In addition, Lindsay regularly discusses her fandom on Twitter. The little I had seen, and the multitudes of coverage that I had read, made it clear that the narrative of the show was never concerned with black people finding love in this so-called fairy tale. Lindsay is now among the final six candidates.

Rachel Lindsay and Nick Viall dance during their New Orleans date.

In the next few weeks, we'll see exactly how and when Rachel makes her sure-to-be-graceful exit. She was charming and confident where I'm more shy and self-conscious, but she felt, in many ways, like the version of myself I wanted to be.

On Monday's episode, the topic of race came up, a subject not frequently discussed on the show.

"We're thrilled to have Rachel Lindsay as our next Bachelorette", he said.

Producers have said the issue has always been in casting a diverse set of contestants for each series, as the lead of the next season is chosen from that group.